Saturday, October 17, 2009

Giant Robot: An Introduction

The next several Saturdays, we'll be posting a complete episode guide for the classic 1960s TV series Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot. The show originally aired in Japan as Giant Robo, a tokusatsu (special effects) series based on the manga (comics) by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, creator of Tetsujin 28-go (Gigantor).

Toei Company Ltd. produced 26 episodes of the original Giant Robo TV series, which aired in Japan from October 1967 to April 1968. The English dub version was produced by American International Television as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot.

The show has not officially been released on DVD in the U.S., but you can buy individual episodes from Amazon Video On Demand. For a limited time, you can also watch the series free online -- the complete series on Hulu and Fancast, and five episodes on YouTube.

Further resources:
JohnnySokko.com (fan site)
Giant Robo (Wikipedia)
A Complete Guide to Toei's 1960s Sci/Fi Series by Keith Sewell
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (Facebook fan page)



NEXT: Episode 01. Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster

Related links:
Giant Monster Movies
Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla
Giant Monster Movies: King Kong
Giant Monster Movies: Gamera
Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures
Giant Monster Movies: Robots and Colossi
Giant Monster Movies: Mothra

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This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.